This document applies to HP and Compaq computers with an Internet connection.
This document helps you obtain software and driver updates that are available from Microsoft using the Windows Update tool. Not all drivers and software are available through Windows Update. For some updates, you must go to the HP Consumer Support Web page or check with the software manufacturer.
note:If you are not using the latest version of Windows 8, some graphics and information in this document may vary. You can get the latest version from the Microsoft Store.
The types of updates that are available through Windows Update:
Security updates: These updates are usually critical and help make your computer more secure from online threats.
Windows bug fixes and enhancements: update to improve the experience of Windows 8.
Drivers: Computer and hardware component manufacturers work with Microsoft to supply updated drivers through Windows update. These are usually available as optional updates in the Windows Update experience. Not all drivers may be available.
HP recommends that Microsoft Windows Update be used on a regular basis. Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and other hardware and software vendors diligently pursue fixes and enhancements for their products. Many, including Hewlett-Packard, use the Windows Update tool to distribute important updates.
Some updates that you would not use Windows Update to find are listed here:
Full HP printer software: In Windows 8, see the HP Support Document How Do I Find the Best Windows 7 or Windows 8 Driver for My Printer?For Windows Vista or earlier, go to the HP Consumer Support page and enter the model name of your HP printer.
Updates to HP software: Go to the HP Consumer Support page and enter the model name of your computer.
BIOS updates: Go to the HP Consumer Support page and enter the model name of your computer.